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Riccardo Frizza and his Sonnambula go to Paris


-The Italian maestro returns to the French capital to conduct six performances of the bel-canto opera at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, directed by Rolando Villazón.

May 2021
After returning to the Liceu opera house in Barcelona twice this season, firstly to conduct Les contes d’Hoffmann and then for The Three Queens Donizetti concert with the soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, the Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza will return to Paris, where he is already well known to opera-goers, as he has previously conducted in various Parisian venues on various occasions. This time he will be taking the helm of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées for one of the fundamental Romantic bel-canto operas, Bellini’s La Sonnambula, in a new production directed by Rolando Villazón , who is also a tenor, manager and writer and who will be making his debut as a stage director in Paris. This La Sonnambula is a co-production between the Champs-Elysées, the Dresden Semperoper, the New York Metropolitan Opera and Nice Côte d’Azur Opera, and Frizza, who is musical director of the Bergamo Donizetti Festival and a true expert on bel-canto repertoire, will be conducting the South African soprano Pretty Yende in the demanding role of Amina, Francesco Demuro as Elvino and Alexander Tsymbalyuk as Rodolfo among others in the cast. La Sonnambula will be broadcast by France Musique and performances will take place on the 15th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th and 26th June.
After his Parisian engagement, Riccardo Frizza will conduct a concert at the Parma Teatro Regio with the tenor Bryan Hymel, in the Toscanini Festival (21st June) and in the summer he will give masterclasses organised by the Venice Biennale from the 2nd to the 11th July before returning to the Teatro San Carlo in Naples to conduct five performances of L’elisir d’amore on the 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th and 31st of the same month.